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Hi there.
i'm looking for some examples (images of spreads) of good and versatile design of book pages -
a good use of type and hierarchy, paper size, cannon, page numbers, foot & side notes, type hierarchy, regular and italic, etc...
thanks for your help!

I'm selling my copy of House Industries' out-of-print Ten Year Book.
Slipcase and CD included.
Slipcase has a very small tear on the back, in the upper edge (pictured in photo #16), and minimal shelfwear on the corners and edges, mostly visible on the inside. The book itself is in excellent condition and appears new and unread. CD jacket attached in the back has never been opened.

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I'm designing a trade paperback: it's approximately 200 pages with the title & headings set in Proxima Nova. The book is non-fiction and about progressive religion/spirituality.

Any ideas of a good body font to use? Something clean, modern, forward-looking and extremely readable. Thanks for your suggestions!

This is a partial draft of a contemporary serif project I'm working on. It was initially thought as a typeface for personal use, but it could be turned into a real release if the work would reach a decent level. The family is planned to have four weights in roman and italic versions.

Some ideas:

1. it must be suitable for books and magazines, but trying to use more contrast than one finds in most recent good typefaces (as Meta Serif, Greta Text, Tisa or Premiera). It's not a serif to very small sizes and low quality prints.

2. it must be clean, with a strong horizontal impression (like Utopia, Cartier, Expo Serif and the ones used in The Guardian and Hebdo newspapers redesign) and also reduced ornamental elements.

3. it must be highly readable when used in legal and technical texts with intensive use of numerals and acronyms (never found a typeface which suits perfectly this need). This must be reach with small caps somewhat higher than lowercases and old style numerals more aligned to baseline.

4. target sizes are 9 to 18pt.

Actually, there is just part of the basic lc set. I hope to add the more difficult lc characters (g, k, w, z) within a week. By now, I'm not satisfied with /f/ and the /fi/ ligature. /v/ also seems no good.

It's the first time I try to design a typeface and it's more difficult than I thought (these lc took almost a week to be drawn). I'm working directly in Illustrator to do a later import into FL.

Any comment will be very welcome.

Doing a book layout, we're playing with using Rotis Serif and Sans, liking the verticality and the very slightly unconventional forms – 1988, but it still feels fresh.

However, one of the people involved is not convinced.

Any suggestions for a similar sort of super-family, sans and serif, clean and crisp, somewhere not too far from the moment?

I know Foundry has originals, new alphabet, but what is the name of this "regular" version.

I found this at a relative's house: a bound manuscript, text probably written in the 18th century, containing some Christian prayers in Hebrew and the text of Psalms. Looks to have been written by a Jesuit missionary, probably as an exercise in learning biblical Hebrew. As a specimen of calligraphy it's pretty abysmal, but it gives interesting insight into an outsider's perception of the Hebrew alphabet. The way the author (or possibly authors) structure the letters is often different from what I grew up with. Note especially the Mem, Shin, Tet and Pey. Some of the characters (the Mem especially) afforded me a minor epiphany or two about their typographic forms vs. handwritten. Also, the Aleph occasionally gets some pseudo-calligraphic swashiness.

It would be a great help to know, how much would i charge for designing a book by project (not by per hour). Charging by per hour are just minor changes. We cant keep track by charging the whole idea and design by per hour nor by per page. The book size is 280(h)x280(w)mm and pagination from 200-250pgs with hard cover.

Content for Quotation and how much:
1. Proposal on Concept Approach
2. Consultation on Concept
3. Design layout typography
4. Scan, photoshop, Illustrations/tracings graphics, search for stock images
5. Content Editing / Proofreading

Please do let me know if i missed out anything or whats the best idea.
Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience.


Hi everybody,

I am designing a book series of utopian novels. There will be some classics of the genre and some less known books. Most of the novels are late 19th century but not all. I have to decide on the main typeface that will be used for the text. The texts will be in English with no other language requirements.
The concept of an "utopian" book typeface intrigues me but I have not reached any conclusion yet so I would like some suggestions.

I would prefer to use a relatively new typeface and so give some money to a living designer and not just Adobe. Also a kind of "contemporary" look (whatever that may mean) is part of the brief.

For no particular reason I am drawn to the idea of using something like Joanna...


To all collectors and type enthusiasts, I'm selling my pristine copy of the book listed below. I thought you guys passionate about typography might be interested to own one of the most elusive and sought-after book of typography, lettering and phototypesetting.

Check the photos from this link :
Price is $1000 (excl. shipping). If you are interested, please contact me from my Typophile profile page.

Title : Alphabet Thesaurus Nine Thousand
Author : Photo Lettering, Inc., 1960. PROFESSIONAL EDITION.

Photo Lettering, Inc. - ALPHABET THESAURUS NINE THOUSAND. New York. Original Edition. First Edition. Professional Edition, 1960 (at the time they were also selling a Reference Edition –abridged– sold at a cheaper price). Text in English. Some pages printed in color others in black. The cloth bound cover is lightly worn at the edges (see pictures). Binding is intact. Except one page with a side note in colored pencil (see photo), all pages are clean. A very good copy. Only one previous owner who took great care of it. A milestone of typography in the United States and worldwide. The book consists of an impressive collection of over 700 pages of original typefaces crafted by the world’s greatest letterers and artists. VERY RARE. Get your chance to own one of the most sought-after and elusive typography book.

Printed in USA.
12" x 9 1/4" x 2 1/4" (DIN A4 format, 60mm of thickness).

Contributing letterers and artists for this book include : Josef Albers, Alexey Brodovitch, J. Albert Cavanagh, Joseph Binder, Edward P. Diehl, Harold Hite, Harry Winters, Albert E. Nolan, Albert Soroka, Charles J. Freericks, George Suman, Herbert Feuerhake, Pete Dom, Gustav V. Meidel, William H. Millstein, Emil A. Schaedler, M. M. Davison, Tommy Thomson, C. E. Coryn, Tony Stan, George F. Trenholm, Sol I. Immerman, Oscar Ogg, Edwin W. Shaar, Garnett Megee, Herman Spinadel, Hollis Holland, Saul Haupt, Denis A. Edridge, Sidney Lisson, Sol Nodel, J. J. Karle, James D. Brooks, Victor Lamkay, Nasri Khattar, Alfred R. Bosco, John A. Karafa, Milton Crown, L’Harl Copeland, David B. Hills, Milton K. Zudeck, Melvin M. Tuch, M. R. Kaufmann, Maximilian R. Kerr, S. E. Norton, Frederick Blakeslee, Arthur Ohlman, George Piscitelle, Rodolfo Wallenberg, John S. Allen, AND MANY MORE…

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Can anyone comment on the production quality of the 2001 "two volumes in one" Oak Knoll / British Library reprinting of DB Updike's Printing Types: Their History, Forms, and Use ( details here)? How does it fare in comparison with the various other printings that have been published over the years?

It would be nice to have both volumes consolidated in a singular tome, but I'm fearful that the image fidelity is sub-par due to the reproduction processes they might have used. I read through this past thread on the topic, but there isn't any definitive report on the 2001 version there. Or did I miss it?

Thanks in advance.

i'am bulding a magazine for my graduation project. i examined variety of grid & typography books, and i'm really happy with that. i'think it's time to look at lay-out books. to learn and remember the basics and advance theories about designing layouts.

so i need some suggestions here. what is your favorite book about ,or relative, designing layouts; for magazines, books or anaything upon a grid.

and thank you for intrest.

I don't know if it is the proper section to announce
a book release related to type.
Anyway, find a study about the company Linotype coming out in May.

History of the Linotype Company
by Frank Romano
(USA, RIT Press, 2014, 480 pages, ISBN 978-1-933360-60-7)

Hi Typophiles

I remember a while back I flipped through a book that, as far as I remember, was a small little black book that had one charactaristic letter from a different font per page. Now I really want to find out what the book was called - can anybody help?


Hi there.
i'm looking for some examples (images of spreads) of good and versatile design of book pages -
a good use of type and hierarchy, paper size, cannon, page numbers, foot & side notes, type hierarchy, regular and italic, etc...
thanks for your help!

We would like to invite you to our new book project "Typoversity."

"Typoversity" wants to get you an insight into interesting and varied selection
of projects
from the university (thesis or semester project). The focus of attention is on
Submission deadline: 15.03.2010

Attendance / Release is completely free!

Please send your suggestions in form of visual material (screen-pdf) to mail (at)


I am wondering what font is used in the book "A Streetcar Named Desire"--specifically the script and stage directions. A photo is attached (screencap from Amazon). More samples can be found at the Amazon look inside preview. The ISBN is 978-0-8112-1602-9.


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For over five years I’ve photographed lettering, signs and tags, and published them on my blog ‘Mads knipser’. Now I’ve designed a book with a lot of the best. Over 100 pages of typographical snapshots, mostly from Copenhagen, but also Amsterdam, Berlin, Cairo, Dubai, Málaga, New York, Paris and Lisbon. Over 160 photographs showing many of the diverse expressions & designs the written word can contain. I wish to publish my book – and to succeed, I need to sell 184 copies.

The book is 30 x 30 cm, 104 pages.
Printed on 150 g Garda Matt.
1,5 kg.

More pictures of it on my my website:
Feel free to contact me if you have questions.

Notice: If you order the book, and I don’t reach my goal, you don’t get the book. But you don’t pay anything either.

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dear type lovers,

i need your help!
i've got a new project. it's a trilingual book. german, english, spanish.
the book is about 160 pages long and mostly text - a few small images.
it's about an art poject in mexico city.

i was wondering if you can recomend any good trilingual book typograpy. if aou know any books that would be a good example.
what i have so far is that i will use dolly in reg, italic and bold - diverent style for different language and the highlightin in the test will be bold in the reg text, italic in the bold and reg in the italic text. the text links will be small caps.
what i dont know if it is more clever and usefull to have 3 colums on a spread for each language or to have one language after anoter - 3 pages engl than 3 pages german than 3 pages spaish... or maybe have a little more experimental solution.

thanks for any respond

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Does anyone know of a book in existence which documents type foundries' pinmarks? I thought I saw one once, but might very well be remembering a book on printer's marks or union bugs. used to have a section devoted to pinmarks which was great, but it's been down since their redesign (

I'm also aware of the pinmark Flickr pool, but that still isn't very heavily populated.


We would love to know what body font is used on this very popular series of books published in the late 80s by Time-Life

As ever, many thanks for your time and expertise!


I want to show my latest serif typeface. A lot of corrections still need to be done but that's one of the reasons why I'm posting this.

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Hello All,

I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the type conference that publishes a book (perhaps specimen book) of their conference. It seems that I stumbled upon it once, but failed to book mark it. What I remember is that the 2009 book was no longer available but the 2008 book was or vice versa. Any help or leads would be greatly appreciated.

was thinking something from typecon, but cannot confirm.


Please, can anbody update or correct my memory:
I faintly remember having read that in acient times among printers there was the tradition that up to three errors in a book would be regarded as "okay". The nickname for an error was "turtle" or, since I think the story took place in Italy, "tartaruga". Therefore a printer created his mark showing two turtles so that in the rest of the book only one more turtle (= mistake) could be expected. In doing so he referred to his superior quality.
I cannot find this story on the web. Is my memory wrong? Has anybody heard of a similar story? Thanks in advance for helpful suggestions!

Hello everybody,

which free fonts do you consider the best to publish books? I will self publish books under CC, that's why they must be free. There are some amazing ones that are non-free, especially from Adobe, but I couldn't fine anyone that was clean, light and elegant enough to provide a pleasant reading. So maybe you know some. ;)

By the way this website contains a description of "Stone Type Foundry", the same font in the attached image. I was astonished how beautiful and elegant it is, and I think it must be perfect to publish a book. Unfortunately it's paid. But what do you think of it? Just curious.